Friday, December 16, 2011

Easy Personalized DIY Photo Craft Gift Perfect for Friends & Family for the Holidays & All Year Long

Unique Gifts

All images in this post are iPhone photos by Janis Brett Elspas,

When I took on this Photo Christmas Ornament product review assignment working with the product I received in the mail from Photo Jewelry Making (PJM), the original plan was to use some family photos to make some ornaments for Christmas or Chanukah to decorate the tree or home for the holidays. As you can see from the photos I took of the DIY process and the end results, not only was this photo project quick and easy to make, it was also a lot of fun to dream up lots of other uses for these beautiful heirloom quality gifts for kids, adults, and parents to enjoy and treasure all year round.
PJM Ornaments are not just for trees, your pet will love this too

Creating these beautiful presents for my teen triplet girls, with the help of my teen son, turned out to be unbelievably fast, from start to finish in about an hour. Ironically, picking the photos out to use ended up taking a lot longer than actually making and assembling these.
Big brother easily designs a personal gift for his sisters with the included CD

To make them, the first step is to choose photos -- definitely the hardest part at our house. Next, my son loaded up the EZ Photo Resizer Software provided by PJM onto his PC computer, imported the JPG photos we chose into the program, cropped them and with the click of a button sized each of them to precisely 30mm x 20mm to fit the photo frame squares the brand sent us. After we saved the project as a PDF, I printed them out on a sheet of regular white paper on our Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer.

After that, it was simply a matter of cutting out the images which are a tiny 3/4" wide so definitely use sharp scissors as I did to make as clean a cut around each photo as possible. The printout you get, BTW, includes very light gray grid dotted lines so if you take your time the guidelines should help you cut each perfectly straight. 
The resulting images for this project are a petite 3/4" wide

At last, it's time to carefully slide out the plastic cover piece of each ornament and then insert the photos you cut out into the frames facing outwards, then just gently slide the plastic piece with photos back into the frame. Attach the decorative hooks to each photo frame and you're done.
Silverplated parts that came with the PJM Ornament Kit reviewied

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post and more images below, there are so many uses for these pretty home accents making it possible to enjoy these not only during the holiday season, but all year long. I can't wait to see my girls' reactions when my son gives these to them for Hanukkah which starts at sundown December 23rd as well as what other ways they might think of to enjoy these personalized gifts. 

The next two pics show one of the original photos and what it looks like once it's resized and transformed into an ornament. Also shown are just a few other creative ideas to use these.

Make these into an ornament, necklace (add your own chain), decor for a kid room dresser, wine glass charm, or anything else you think of. You are limited only by your imagination.

The DIY Photo Jewelry Double-Sided Christmas Ornament Kit set makes personalized gifts for up to six of your family and friends. It comes with 6 silver plated rectangle photo frames, 6  swirled ornament hangers, and the EZ Resizer Software CD to resize your photos. Regularly retail priced at $24.99 for the set of six, these are on special as this post goes live for just $14.99 (a savings of $10) plus shipping. They sell wholesale, too. Check out the company's website as they have a wide variety of similar products also available.

You are encouraged to leave your thoughts about this personalized gift as a comment. Also, if you've already made these please tell us about your experience making them.
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